IDG Contributor Network: 4 questions to ask before deploying SD-WAN

IDG Contributor Network: 4 questions to ask before deploying SD-WAN

SD-WAN has become the definitive buzzword in enterprise networking, and if you’re a decision maker in IT, chances are the technology has come up in conversation. According to Gartner, by 2018, 40 percent of WAN edge infrastructure will be based on SD-WAN or something similar.

What is SD-WAN?

In a nutshell, Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) simplifies enterprise connectivity between remote locations and branch offices. Common features of a SD-WAN solution include:

  • Combining network links of one location into a single pool of capacity available for all applications and services
  • Customization of the bandwidth and connectivity to meet the needs of your specific network services, locations, or users
  • The ability to centrally define and manage policies and network traffic without requiring manual configuration at each device.

Many startups and tech giants have positioned themselves as an SD-WAN solution, each with their own idea on how the technology works and what solution it offers the business. Yet with so many vendors out there claiming to be SD-WAN, it’s hard to determine which solution is right for your business.

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